Parasites Film Review

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by: Jerry Smith

We live in a day and age where there is a very obvious line between the rich, middle class and poor. A day and age in which THE PURGE films aren’t all too far from becoming a reality. With the rows or tents and sleeping bags lined up throughout the lower parts of Los Angeles, the window washers and people who have fallen on hard times and haven’t been able to pull themselves back out of those times, it’s a sad state of affairs on all fronts. We also live in a time where things like racism and police brutality aren’t far fetched because both elements are a huge part of what fills up our news from day to day. With these things in mind and front and center, director Chad Ferrin’s PARASITES shines a brutal and unflinching light on just how screwed up our world can be and how sometimes that brutality and judgmental attitude can cause fro a tragic set of events.

 

Following three college friends who make the mistake of taking the wrong turn and ending up in the homeless, poor parts of Los Angeles, PARASITES does a great job of showing right from the beginning how we all live in our own comfortable bubbles and that’s illustrated by an early scene in which DAY OF THE DEAD star Joseph Pilato plays a homeless man attempting to wash their window in exchange for money. The students’ reactions to the man are of disgust and contempt, something that is soon flipped around when the men break down and are surrounded by a large group of homeless people, led by Wilco, a sadistic and angry as hell man who hates people, due to the constant judgment he and his people have faced due to their living conditions. Still cocky and having a “better than you” attitude, one of the three college students makes the mistake of being a bit too bold, leading to his death and setting forth a series of events which lead the film’s protagonist, Marshal (a hypnotic performance by Sean Samuels) on the run, naked and fighting for his life.

 

The film really brings a lot of taboo subjects up, forcing us to address what most people keep to themselves, such as racism and w we treat people. Marshal, a young African Ameican man with a very promising football career ahead of him is chased and hunted by Wilco and his gang and as the young man fights for his life throughout the night, he not only must  become as savage as those trying to kill him but also faces the treatment that the gang receives daily, due to being stripped down and dirtied up.

 

Feeling like a cross between a film by John Carpenter, Walter Hill and the social statements of Wes Craven, Ferrin’s PARASITES is absolutely effective and it’s a film that refuses to let its viewer off, forcing you to witness true injustice and leaves you feeling like you just witnessed something gut wrenching but very powerful. This is not the syrupy message film that we get so often from Hollywood, no, PARASITES is a film that demands to be seen, demands to be experienced and refuses to leave you when it’s done.

 

 

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